Clayton: Eagles could have interest in Jordan Howard

Andrew Porter
October 10, 2018 - 8:17 am

With Jay Ajayi out for the season with a torn ACL, the Eagles appear to be in need of a running back. 

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The big names that have been discussed are Le'Veon Bell and former Eagle LeSean McCoy, who Philadelphia has reportedly called Buffalo about

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On Tuesday afternoon, John Clayton hit 94WIP's Marks & Reese Show with two more names to keep an eye, including Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard. 

"Jordan Howard in Chicago, all of the sudden he's losing playing time to Tarik Cohen," Clayton said. "You'd like to have a nice one-two punch and Jordan Howard, I think is one of the top 10 running backs in the league. And I know that there seems to have been trade conversations earlier about him—maybe not initiated by the Bears—but that to me could be the sleeper one in that group because he's a really good back and I think he could really fit this offense."

Howard, 23, rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in Chicago. This year Howard has received just 64 carries in four games under new head coach Matt Nagy, but he does have 10 catches already and appears more active in the passing attack.

Regardless, Chicago is off to an excellent 3-1 start and it doesn't seem likely, at least to me, they would trade their arguable best offensive weapon. Howard would warrant an expensive price. 

Clayton also mentioned a Seahawks pass catching running back to keep an eye on for Eagles fans. 

"I don't know if he's on the radar but C.J. Prosise, former Notre Dame running back out here in Seattle, he's right now they're fourth running back and he's a real talent," said Clayton. "The only problem is he's always hurt."

That is true, Prosise is always hurt. But even when healthy, he's best used as a pass catching back, in the Darren Sproles role. Prosise, in his third NFL season, has just 41 carries and none this season. 

As for the 30-year-old McCoy, Clayton says it would cost "maybe a five."

He added, "To take it to a four, maybe they'd get a five back or something like that."